West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar comments on the post-poll violence

Jagdeep Dhankar, the West Bengal Governor, met the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, for the second time within two days. On Thursday, Mr. Dhankhar met and briefed the minister about the law and order situation in his state, he mentioned about the several incidents of violence that took place in West Bengal after the assembly elections.

On Saturday, after a meeting with Amit Shah, Mr. Dhankar said that it is an occasion for them to believe in democracy, constitution, rule of law, and he had appealed to the bureaucracy and the police to confine to their code of conduct and regulations. He also added that these post-poll violence was worse than seen in Independence.

This meeting with Mr. Shah took place at the time of Jagdeep Dhankar’s feud with Mamata Banerjee in the backdrop. The governor’s feud with the chief minister happened over a range of issues. In the past few weeks, the Governor had raised concerns over the alleged incidents of the political violence in the state. Before the visit to Delhi, he had criticised Mamata Banerjee for the handling of violence.

The governor had sent reports to the Centre in regards of the violence after the Bengal polls. Mamata Banerjee’s government had said that the post-poll violence was somewhat unabated when the Election Commission was in the charge of law and order. The report said that the Cabinet restored order once the path ceremony was over.

Mr. Jagdeep Dhankar, the 70-year-old Governor of West Bengal, during his visit to Delhi, met with the President Ram Nath Kovind and ministers including Prahlad Joshi and Prahlad Singh Patel, he also met with the senior congress leader, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

On Friday, the Calcutta High Court directed the Chairperson of the NHRC to form a committee for examination of all the cases if alleged human rights violations in the violence after Bengal Assembly polls. The high court consisting of a five-judge bench has heard a few petitions alleging post-poll violence in the West Bengal State.

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